Thursday, July 25, 2024

Man, 64, critical after supermarket assault

A man has been arrested after a 64-year-old employee was allegedly assaulted at a Blacktown supermarket yesterday.

Police say that just before 6:30pm on Sunday, a man entered the self-service area at a supermarket on Patrick Street and was stopped by an employee after reportedly attempting to leave the store without paying for items.

“The man allegedly pushed the employee, a 64-year-old man, causing him to fall backwards and strike his head on the floor before leaving store. He was last seen boarding a train at Schofields Railway Station,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“The injured employee was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital where his condition deteriorated, and he remains in a critical condition.”

Officers attached to Blacktown Police Area Command commenced an investigation. Following inquiries and a public appeal including the release of CCTV of the alleged offender (pictured), investigators arrested a 25-year-old man at a Schofields home about 1.30pm today. He will be taken to Blacktown Police Station.

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